First of all, I am an incredibly picky eater. My diet mirrors that of an average 4 year old, plus the occasional steak or chicken parm. That being said, I still love to dine out. To me, the desire for a “home-cooked” meal is non-existent. I want to eat what I like to eat, made by someone whose profession is to cook. Today I had the pleasure of enjoying a $25 three-course lunch with four of my colleagues at The Capital Grille, courtesy of NYC Restaurant Week.
I had been to this restaurant before and requested to be seated downstairs by the vault (the restaurant used to be a bank)! Our request was more than honored as we were seated in a private room.
As any picker eater does, I had already checked out the menu online and decided what I was going to order. The dilemma picky eaters face during Restaurant Week is finding something we are able to eat for all three courses, and if not, deciding whether or not it still is financially worth it to order from the Restaurant Week menu. Naturally there were no appetizers that appeased my dietary restrictions, but hey, two out of three courses, plus the lovely warm bread and butter, were more than enough for me.
Even though I didn’t eat it, the wedge salad with bacon was very well received by my colleagues. For my main course, I ordered the Grille’s Signature Cheeseburger (with nothing on it but the cheese, of course) and Parmesan Truffle Fries. I was very impressed to say the least. The burger-to-cheese ratio was just right, and every bite was as juicy as the first. The fries had the perfect kick to them, and my self-imposed “No Fry Left Behind” policy was handled with ease. The Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake was phenomenal and the perfect complement to my salty burger and fries.
From sitting in the private room, to the bank vault décor, and not to mention the food, The Capital Grille did more than enough to get me to dine with them in the future!